Co Hosts New Zealand will take on the Asian side Sri Lanka in the first match of World Cup Cricket at Hagley Oval on February 14, 2015.
The match will begin at 03.30 AM IST. Record viewership is expected for this inaugural match of this mega event.
New Zealand batted first and scored 331/6 (50 overs). Sri Lanka score was 15/0 in 4 overs.
Both the teams will be eyeing to start the tournament with an emphatic win. New Zealand will have an upper hand in this game, when we consider the team’s recent performance.
But Sri Lanka is undoubtedly a cricketing power house, and they have the capability to bounce back even from the ashes.
But history is in favor of the islanders. New Zealand have lost their last five matches against Sri Lanka in the World Cup. The last win marked by Kiwis was way back in 1992.
Star Sports 1 is telecasting the match with English Commentary in India. If you want to enjoy the encounter in Hindi, then stay tuned to Star Sports 3.
Online users can watch the live streaming of the match in the official website of Star Sports here.
PTV Sports will be live streaming the WC 2015 free online (for Pakistan viewers only). You can watch all matches here.
Sri Lanka is the runners up of 2011 Cricket World Cup. The team has lost their morale after facing two consecutive losses in their warm up matches against South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Follow the SL vs NZ live cricket score here.
New Zealand too had some breath taking moments against Zimbabwe, but their scintillating performance against South Africa brought back the momentum.
The return of Lasith Malinga to the Sri Lankan bowling side will add up the sharpness of the islanders. The batting department which comprises of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan is strong in papers. Angelo Mathews is the only all rounder in the side.
On the other hand, New Zealand’s bowling attack is quite strong with Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills and Adam Milne in the fifteen member squad. The batting line up is competitive with Skipper Brendon McCullum leading from the front.
The highlights videos can be watched here.